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If you are a young person seeking advice on sexual relations please refer to some of the following websites: According to criminal law in Australia, the age of consent refers to the age a person is considered to be capable of legally giving informed consent to sexual acts with another person.

When an adult engages in sexual behaviour with someone below the age of consent, they are committing a criminal offence (child sexual abuse).

The age of consent is 16 years of age in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

Age of consent laws are designed to protect children and young people from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Such laws effectively determine that children and young people below the age of consent do not have the emotional maturity to consent to sexual activities.

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